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HMS Belfast and JDS Kashima framed by Tower Bridge

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JDS Kashima (3508) and HMS Belfast in the Thames River

When I took today’s photo I didn’t realize its significance or rarity. I took it merely because the war ships were nicely framed by the Tower Bridge from my vantage point at the time (on a ferry boat moving in the middle of the Thames).

However, with a bit of research I realized that the Japanese navy warship, JDS Kashima, is not normally in the Thames. It squeezed under the Tower Bridge and moored alongside HMS Belfast (which is a museum in the Thames) for just a few days last summer.

Okunoin

奥の院

Lucky charms in a magical place.

Chapel Trail

10-photo photomerge from Chapel Trail

On Sunday morning, January 1, 2017 we decided to go to church. We dropped Ellie off at the “Church of the Rowing Machine” for her daily, 2-hour ergathon. We headed to the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona. The chapel itself is way overrated, although the views from there are as spectacular as dozens of other locations in Sedona. On our way away from the crowds, back down the hill, we noticed a sign for “Chapel Trail” on the other side of a small fence/gate. We had another hour to kill before picking up Ellie so we went through the gate even though it had an odd sign on it that seemed to indicate that this was not the trail head. The gate was unlocked and the sign said something about being closed 5 p.m. – 8 a.m. so we figured the trail was closed at night.

Wow! What a trail! The conditions were perfect as it had rained the night before and sun occasionally broke through. The rain really brought out the colors in the rock. No one was on this most beautiful trail. That seemed odd given the hundreds of people bumping into each other at the nearby chapel.

Today’s photo is of “The Nuns”. The scene was stunning, but I didn’t have my wide angle lens with me. So this photo is actually a composite of 10 photos. I took five vertical photos across the top, five vertical photos across the bottom, and then photomerged them into this final product. I had never done that before. It will be my new go-to method when I need to capture more of a scene than my lens can handle. The only downside is the rock formation looks farther away from the viewer than reality. In real life The Nuns were right in my face.

Hiroshima grey heron (アオサギ)

Hiroshima grey heron

仙娥滝

shosenkyo sengataki kofu waterfall

Sengataki in Shosenkyo (near Kofu, Japan)

Gefle Metal Festival 2017

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Amon Amarth @ 2016 Copenhell

@COPENHELL @AmonJohan @AmonAmarthBand @deathangel @nervosathrash

I’m thinking about adding Gefle Metal Festival 17 to my summer itinerary. I went to the Getaway Rock Festival back in 2011 at this same location.

Amon Amarth is headlining. If I go, this will be my fourth time seeing them. Other bands include Arch Enemy, who I haven’t seen with their new singer, Death Angel, Nervosa, and Sanctuary, who I haven’t seen in 27 years!

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